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|Nickname:||Eddie Albert / Eddie Albert Sr. / Eddie Albert Heimberger /|
|Known for:||The Longest Day, General Hospital, Roman Holiday|
|Birth name:||Edward Albert Heimberger|
|Birthday:||22 April 1906, Rock Island, Illinois, USA|
|Height:||5' 10" (1.78 m)|
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TriviaFather of actor Edward Albert and Maria Albert Zucht. Two granddaughters. Was an active participant in the battle of Tarawa (Nov. 1943), one of the bloodiest battles of World War II and in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps. Albert was credited with rescuing up to 70 wounded Marines while under enemy fire. He was awarded the Bronze Star with a combat "V". He did not speak about this publicly until it was mentioned in several television documentaries about the battle in the 1990s. Father-in-law of actress Katherine Woodville. An avid environmentalist, he shared his concerns on TV on the "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962) and "Today" (1952) shows and lectured everywhere from high schools and industrial conventions. He produced films to aid in campaigns against pollution. He also helped to launch the very first "Earth Day" on April 22, 1970, his birthday. Father was a real estate agent. Hired by the government, he went on "sailing" expeditions and reported Nazi and Japanese activity in the Baja, California and Mexico areas He once joined a Mexican circus act owned by the Escalante Brothers and while touring as a "flyer" in a trapeze act gathered intelligence. His real name was Eddie Albert Heimberger. He changed his name early on while he was singing on radio with a trio. It seems the announcer kept introducing him as "Eddie Hamburger" so he dropped his last name and adopted his middle name as his last. Buried not too far from his "Green Acres" (1965) co-star Eva Gabor at Westwood Memorial in Los Angeles, California. He wrote the first original drama for television in 1936 as well as writing dozens of small scripts for RCA. Was very good friends with Jane Wyman, Eva Gabor, Shirley Jones and Gregory Peck. His future "Switch" (1975) co-star, Robert Wagner, had seen him in the movie Brother Rat (1938) at the time of its release. He said that even though he was only eight years old, he was impressed by Albert's talent. He had 12 hobbies: jogging, swimming, golfing, world travel, organic gardening, sculpting, beekeeping, wine making, sailing, boating, reading and playing guitar. Before he was a successful actor, he almost did everything at an early age, from working as a newspaper boy to that of an insurance salesman. Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 5-7. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007. In third grade, he was taunted as "the enemy" by his classmates, during World War I. Graduated from Central High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1924. In high school, he joined the Drama Department. Was a spokesperson for the National Arbor Day Foundation from 1985 to 1993. His wife, Margo, died in 1985, just five months before the couple's 40th wedding anniversary. Before he was a successful actor, he was also a soda jerk and a singer in a pop band. Remained good friends with Robert Wagner during and after "Switch" (1975). Was an active Democrat.